Lonzo Ball was in a car on his way to watch his brother LaMelo play in the Drew League when he learned via Twitter that he had been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.
After the Los Angeles Lakers drafted the point guard second overall in 2017 amid incredible hype and pressure, Ball’s purple-and-gold tenure ended abruptly a month ago after just two injury-shortened seasons. However, Ball said he had been expecting and bracing for change to come and is ready for a “fresh start” with Zion Williamson and the Pelicans.
“I was kind of excited, honestly,” Ball told ESPN of his first reaction to the trade, after filming Saturday for the PUBG Mobile Team Up Superstar Showdown event. “I kind of figured someone was going to get moved soon enough. I knew Anthony Davis wanted to come bad. Anytime you can get a guy like that, you are going to have to do what you have to do to get him. So I was kind of already just waiting for it, honestly, and I was happy to go with two guys I am comfortable with in B.I. [Brandon Ingram] and JHart [Josh Hart]. I am excited to see what we can do.nike jerseys nfl cheap
“I tell people when I was a rookie, I probably would have been sad,” Ball added of being traded. “Just being from L.A., having my whole family here and wanting to be a Laker. But being in the league for two years, knowing it’s a business, as long you get to play, that’s a blessing in itself. I’m excited to get started.”
On Saturday, the Lakers introduced Davis as their latest All-Star big man to join the franchise. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka opened the news conference by thanking several people, including Ball, Ingram and Hart.
The trio, along with the draft rights to No. 4 overall pick De’Andre Hunter, two first-round picks, a first-round pick swap and cash, was sent to New Orleans in exchange for Davis. The Lakers also sent Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones and a second-round pick to the Washington Wizards as part of the trade.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china
The blockbuster deal finally put to an end months of trade speculation surrounding Ball and many of the young Lakers. The constant trade rumors hung over the Lakers’ locker room since January, as the team missed the playoffs for the sixth straight season.
“Yeah, I’ve been hearing my name for two years now,” Ball said of expecting to be traded. “So it didn’t bother me at all. We were all ready for it.”
The Pelicans could be one of the more exciting young up-and-comers. Ball, who averaged 9.9 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds in 47 games last season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury on Jan. 19, can hardly wait to start lobbing passes to New Orleans’ latest first overall pick, Williamson.
“Man, I’ve never seen somebody that size move like him,” Ball said of the hyped rookie out of Duke. “… He’s only 19, right? He’s definitely a freak. I’ve never seen nothing like it.
“Honestly, you just got to run the lane, set screens and roll,” Ball added of Williamson. “With his game and with him getting a full head of steam, it’s going to be very tough to stop him. So I think we play fast and get out on the break as soon as possible.”